The UK intends to threaten the EU with a withdrawal from the Brexit deal if Brussels does not show more flexibility in relation to Northern Ireland, the sources said. Reuters… This blackmail could lead to chaos in the situation with the five-year “divorce” of Britain and the EU.
This is the continuation of the conflict over the supply of food, such as meat products, to Northern Ireland. The confrontation in the British media was called the “war for sausages.” According to London, the so-called Northern Ireland protocol, which leaves this region part of the EU customs territory, prevents the import of products there from other parts of the UK, since it requires additional documentation.
British Brexit Minister David Frost is preparing to announce major changes to the protocol, which could have far-reaching implications in relations with the European Union, according to the agency’s source. Now the government is working on the relevant plans, Frost is due to submit them to parliament on July 21.
Brussels believes that the British minister will seek a compromise from the EU, explained a European diplomat familiar with the negotiations. Another source, a senior EU official, said Britain was going to warn Brussels that it was ready to take unilateral action. “This will be a call for new talks with the EU, coupled with threats. But we will not agree to a reconsideration of the Irish protocol, ”he stressed.
The “sausage war” has not been going on for the first month. In June, the EU and Britain already exchanged threats related to the import of food into Northern Ireland. Initially, the protocol was required in order to avoid the emergence of a border with the Republic of Ireland, an independent state that remains part of the European Union. The lack of a border is a sensitive political issue as it stems from the 1998 agreements that ended a long-term armed conflict involving Irish nationalists.